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Thank You–Gratitude-12–Cleveland Ohio

What a night in Cleveland, Ohio! And a celebration of respect and gratitude was on the frontlines!


From a sports fan’s and Ohioan’s viewpoint, the city of Cleveland, Ohio, did itself proud last night in an amazing situation when the Cleveland Indians opened the World Series with a Game One 6-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Progressive Field, while the Cleveland Cavaliers were next door at Quicken Loans Arena raising their 2015-’16 NBA Championship banner before dispatching the New York Knicks, 117-88, in the 2016-’17 NBA season opener.

The Indians have waited for another World Series championship since 1948. The Cavs’ NBA Championship, completed in June of this year, was the team’s first ever NBA title!  (Oh, right: the Cleveland Browns won their only NFL Championship in 1964!)

The King, LeBron James, recorded a triple double performance after he and his Cavs Court had received their championship rings in an emotional ceremony.

High emotions in the two heart-thumping sports moments didn’t translate to mayhem and destruction. Reactions were made up of gratitude, respect, and humbleness. (Even the Chicago Cubs, who last won the World Series in 1908, were respectful losers in their first game of the 2016 Series.)

Thank you, everyone who respected each other in Cleveland, Ohio, last night!

Anyone got a sports story to write?

(BONUS Trivia: What park is surprisingly rich in “…gorgeous wildflower meadows…”, according to the observations of park author Becky Lomax?
ANSWER: Glacier National Park in Montana!)

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Thank You–Gratitude-3–Sports

Sports in Life

For those of you who take no special joy, or pleasure, in the world of sports, this gratitude to you may seem shallow. For me, however, one who finds much microcosm comparison in sports to life, I’m always thankful when we have sports figures who rise to lead by example and strength of character.

In that light, I’m thankful to have had the privilege to participate, at whatever distance, in the lives of two great sports figures, Muhammad Ali, three-time heavyweight boxing champion, and LeBron James, basketball player extraordinaire. The two topped June news lines in 2016 and reopened conversations about “greatness in sports”, “giving back”, “being role models”, and numerous other thoughts on life.

Both achieved greatness in their chosen careers, both gave back extraordinarily, both suffered setbacks of enormous challenges, both persevered. Both have spoken volumes to us on living life the right way.

Since attacked by Parkinson’s Disease in 1984, Ali fought on, bringing awareness to that disease, as well as continuing to  fight the disease of racism. He has found his deserved final rest.

After feeling two years of pressure cooker anticipation in the city of Cleveland, James has reached the top of the mountain he promised Cleveland he would climb with them upon his return to that city. He and the Cleveland Cavaliers won the city’s first ever NBA championship.

I’m grateful, as a normal human being, to have lived in their time and to have witnessed their individual greatness in the sports arena and in the sport of life.

It’s a kick to write sports stories, as well, for sportsmen truly have all the life experiences necessary to breed great tales!

(BONUS Trivia: A rain forest in America? Yes, indeed! In which park does America’s rain forest exist?
ANSWER: The Hoh Rain Forest is located in Olympic National Park in the state of Washington!)

Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg